Melbourne moves from 4,500-TEUers to 10,662-TEU CMA CGM Ural
THE Port of Melbourne has docked its biggest box ship ever - the 10,662-TEU Ural, reports the UK's Port Strategy
THE Port of Melbourne has docked its biggest box ship ever - the 10,662-TEU Ural, reports the UK's Port Strategy.
The 29-metre long CMA CGM Ural with containers stacked 12 high on deck compares to the usual 4,500-TEUers that call on the Port of Melbourne.
'The arrival of CMA CGM Ural shows the Port of Melbourne's capacity to service the growing number of bigger vessels we'll see into the future,' said Port of Melbourne CEO Brendan Bourke.
This is a big increase in load carrying capacity. The Ural arrived into Melbourne's Webb Dock for handling by Manila's ICTSI's automated Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT).
'VICT welcomes the CMA CGM Ural as the largest capacity vessel to call at the Port of Melbourne and congratulates all parties involved,' said VICT chief Tim Vancampen.
'VICT is well equipped to accommodate this class of vessels ranging from 10,500 - 13,000 TEU and plans to further invest in the Port of Melbourne to accommodate the next generation of vessel ranging from 15,000 to 18,000 TEU. We will ensure that Port of Melbourne will continue to fulfill its role as the main gateway to Victoria, and consolidate and expand its position in the global shipping network,' Mr Vancampen said.
The Ural is one of six vessels currently deployed on the South-East Asia - Australia trade route called the X1. It commenced its 42-day round-trip in Malaysia, calling at Singapore. It then made its way around Australia's southwest coast before arriving at Melbourne.